Three New Jersey insiders you’ve probably never heard of

Joseph Tumulty was probably the most powerful political insider in New Jersey history, serving as Woodrow Wilson’s chief of staff through his two years as governor and eight years as president. The scion of a politically active Jersey City family – his father was an assemblyman in the 1880’s – Tumulty was 28 when he was elected to the New Jersey State Assembly, the top vote-getter among twelve Democrats elected

A Tom Kean ‘what-if’

This is one of those alternate universe stories about what might have been, had the things went a little differently in Trenton. In a redistricting deal made by the leaders of the New Jersey Legislature in 1966, one of three Essex County congressional seats was eliminated and shifted to South Jersey.   That precluded the possibility of Tom Kean, then age 31, going to Congress as part of a freshman class